posted on 22 March 2014

Wildcats head coach, Richard Agar, believes there is still much more improvement to come from his side.

Richard Agar says there is plenty more improvement left in his squad.

Trinity have ruthlessly dispatched of Catalans Dragons and London Broncos in their last two outings, scoring over a century of points in the process.  Sunday’s visit from an unbeaten St. Helens side is certain to provide a much sterner test to Agar and his men.

With training sessions continuing to take on a slant usually reserved for pre-season due to a number of late arrivals and new signings, Agar is still expecting it to take more time before supporters see the best from his side.

“We’ve had what you’d call a stronger team out for two weeks so I wouldn’t really look at that as a chunk of the season when we’re approaching round six,” said Agar.

“We had a lot of changes to our team in the first few rounds and we feel two or three weeks down the line we’ve probably seen some benefits to it. I still think there’s a long way to go and hopefully we’re pointing in the right direction and can keep evolving and getting better.

“Certainly from an understanding of what we want attacking wise I’m quite happy and in some parts with how we’ve adapted to a defensive system but I still think we’re not answering some questions as we need to on the edge but we’ll get there.”

The Wildcats are sure to be given a tough examination of their defensive capabilities against a side averaging over 37 points per game in the opening five encounters.  The signing of Luke Walsh has been central to that but the influential scrum-half will be missing this week through injury.

Similarly, Alex Walmsley and Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook, two of the form props in the competition will miss out through injury and suspension respectively.  Despite missing some key personnel, Agar is fully aware that Saints will provide plenty of threat and pointed to their collectiveness as one of their great early season strengths.

“We understand that every week brings different challenges and this week brings a different challenge.  This week we’re playing a team that has only used 19 players up to this week.  Their consistency and continuity has helped them but this week they’re going to have some changes.

“For us there’s a little bit of playing a team and we’re not sure of their line-up and exactly what’s going to be in front of us.  It’s a big challenge, they’re unbeaten and they’ve played some really good stuff.

“Looking at Saints, it’s easy to look at their star players but it’s their teamwork that’s impressing me.  They’re not completely blowing teams away in every game with outstanding football – although they have done that – but how hard they’re working for each other.

“They’ve got some young, fit, powerhouse forwards that take a lot of handling and some class players in there too.  We know it’s a big challenge but it’s one we can come into very much looking forward to.

“It’s more about how Scott Anderson, Taulima (Tautai), Daniel Smith and Nick Scruton aim up to what will be a very strong St. Helens four with a hooker like James Roby on the back of it.

“I think our kicking game is very important this week.  I think they’re the most difficult team in the competition to kick the ball to.  The speed in which the back three cover the ground and their positional play is excellent.  They really get their sets going.”

Listen to Agar’s full preview of Sunday’s game on the Wildcats Audioboo channel by clicking HERE.


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